Silky, smooth and creamy with a slightly charred and bitter top. This delicious burnt basque cheesecake is easier to master than it looks and once you have that first bite, you'll see why.
What is burnt basque cheesecake?
Burnt Basque Cheesecake is a baked, crustless cheesecake with a signature 'burnt' exterior. It has a similar flavor profile to creme caramel and vanilla cheesecake combined. The texture could be described as in between a traditional baked cheesecake and a flan.
This unique slightly burnt cheesecake originates from a restaurant called La Viña in San Sebastián in Basque region of Spain, that's where it gets its name. Since then it has taken over the world to become one of the most well-loved cheesecakes, I guess there is something so charming about the burnt smoky top paired with a smooth and silky center.
- Cream Cheese: Philadelphia Cream Cheese is the best cheese to use for this recipe, it has a rich "cheesiness" that other cream cheeses don't have and it makes all the difference and tastes so much better. Use blocks of cream cheese rather than a spreadable tub of cream cheese as this will give your cake more structure.
- Sugar: Caster sugar is ideal here as the sugar grains are much finer than regular sugar so it dissolves more easily.
- Eggs: Make sure your eggs are room temperature as eggs that have been in the fridge can cool down your batter and affect your overall bake time. This makes it more difficult to gauge when your basque burnt cheesecake is ready.
- Cornstarch: Cornstarch will help to bind all of your ingredients together and make the filling smooth and silky.
- Vanilla Bean Paste: Using actual vanilla bean paste will give you a much better flavor compared to imitation vanilla or vanilla extract. If you don't have any feel free to use vanilla extract instead.
- Heavy Cream: Thickened cream or heavy cream works the best here. Make sure the cream you are using can be whipped and that it is NOT low fat otherwise it wont set.
Tips for making the best burnt basque cheesecake
The two most important factors of this simple recipe are the ingredients and the texture. Here are some tips that can ensure you achieve the perfect blend of texture and beautiful creamy flavor.
Using room temperature ingredients
The texture of your burnt basque cheesecake is reliant on the overall bake time. Using room temperature ingredients gives you optimal control over the baking. If you use fridge cold ingredients the batter will be colder and will have to bake for longer making it harder to get the perfect texture.
Cooling the cheesecake completely
Cooling your cheesecake in the fridge completely is just as important as your cooking process. If the cheesecake is left to sit on a wire rack at room temperature, the center of the cake will continue to cook. Placing the cake in the fridge stops the cooking process, which will give the cake that soft and creamy inside that makes it so delicious!
When testing to see if the cheesecake is done, jiggling the cake is a good gauge. The cheesecake should hold its shape and be slightly firm with a good wobble, it should have a custard-like center.
Frequently asked questions
How long does this last?
This cake will last up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Why does this recipe use cornstarch?
I use cornstarch in my recipe over all-purpose flour as it gives the cheesecake that silky smooth texture. Flour can get stodgy and clumpy, whereas cornstarch provides the perfect smooth consistency for your batter.
Why is the top of my cheesecake not charring?
Your oven might not be hot enough! The ideal setting to bake this cake in is top and bottom heat rather than convection. This is to ensure you get more direct heat over the top of the cake, giving you that perfect char that we're looking for.
Why did the top of my cheesecake crack?
If your batter has too many air bubbles this will cause your cake to crack. You can eliminate the number of air bubbles in your batter by:
- Using room temperature ingredients: The colder your ingredients are the more lumps will form in your batter as you will need to mix more to get that smooth consistency.
- Only mixing by hand and until just combined: The more you mix the more air bubbles form. Only mix until just combined and try to avoid using a hand or stand mixer as this will also create more bubbles.
- Tapping the cake tin on countertop before baking: This will release the large air bubbles in the basque cheesecake batter before baking.
Let's get Baking!
This cheesecake is almost impossible not to like. The consistency and flavor is just the perfect combination...an amazing treat to bring to your next party.
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Burnt Basque Cheesecake
Burnt Basque cheesecake stands out with its silky-smooth texture, slightly oozy center and smoky burnt crust. Originating in a small bar called La Viña in San Sebastián, this slightly charred rustic cheesecake is somewhere in between a flan and a New York cheesecake without the crust and is just the perfect slice of cheesecake.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 25
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 1 6inch cake 1x
- Category: Cake
- Method: Easy
- Cuisine: Spanish
- 450 g Cream Cheese, room temperature (16 oz )
- 150 g Caster Sugar (¾ cup)
- 3 Large Eggs, room temperature
- 15 g Cornstarch (2 tbsp)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
- 180 ml Heavy Cream (¾ cup)
- Preheat the oven to 465° (240°C) and line a 6-inch (15-cm) cake pan with sheets of parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and sugar and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until smooth.
- Add the eggs one at a time, whisk well in between each addition. Sieve in the cornstarch and add the vanilla bean paste, then beat for 2 minutes, or until smooth. With the stand mixer on low, slowly stream in the cream and beat for 1 minute until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, make sure you scrape down the sides and bake for 25 minutes, or until the top is dark brown and the center is set, but soft and jiggly.
- Turn the heat off and wedge a wooden spoon in the oven door. Allow the cake to cool in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven, cover and chill overnight, or for a minimum of 4 hours before enjoying.
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